Christopher Kane is a NARSisst

By  September 15, 2014


It wouldn’t be Fashion Month without a runway-ready collaboration or two taking over our newsfeed! NARS has announced its latest link up with Christopher Kane.

The designer and beauty have come together to craft a limited edition collection of eye lip, and cheek essential will make their debut on Kane’s runway this afternoon! Based on his bevy of fresh-faced beauties from seasons past, we expect to see nearly nude hues all wrapped in one of Kane’s innovative prints. “NARS has been a long-standing and valued partner of ours, so this collaboration was an obvious fit,” Kane said in a statement. “NARS has the same unapologetic aesthetic that is signature to the Christopher Kane brand and I’m excited to share what we’ve created together.”

The only drawbacks? We’ll a few months before seeing what the actual makeup looks like, then sit “patiently” until May 2015 to get our hands on everything. We’re marking our calendars now, as we’re sure the pieces will be well worth the wait!

Beauty Buzz: Lupita Looks (Even More) Luminous, Taking Anna Wintour's Hair Advice, and No Makeup Means More Skincare

By  September 12, 2014


Lupita Nyong’o is back and more radiant than ever! The Oscar winner has returned to Lancôme as the face of its new Vissionaire Advanced Skin Corrector campaign. The new formula provides instant gratification along with long-lasting results thanks to a new exclusive double-Jasmonate complex that smoothes skin and corrects tone. If it makes us look as luminous as Lupita, we’ll take two bottles! [Racked]

Whatever Anna Wintour says, goes, including when your tresses need a trim. Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki learned sitting front row with the Vogue editrix, who told her she needed a new do. Wozniacki didn’t hesitate to take Wintour’s sage strand advice, showing off the results via Instagram. “Loving my new haircut!” she captioned the snap. “Thank you Anna Wintour for telling me I need one and setting it up for me.” [Glamour]

The fresh-faced look shows no signs of slowing down, In fact, we’ve seen the trend ramp up backstage as designers like Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, and many more have skipped makeup (almost) altogether. While it does seem a bit ironic, the trend may easily shift makeup mavens’ focus to a more stringent skincare routine in order to have that #IWokeUpLikeThis look without the worry of looking perfectly painted. [Refinery 29]

5 Tips to Feeling Fresh All Day

By  September 11, 2014

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Long days seem longer when you’re dragging from the start of the morning and then lack proper “picker-uppers” through the afternoon and evening. It’s time to prepare for these 12-plus-hour stretches by thinking ahead. Learn how to kick things off first thing in the a.m. in fresh fashion and then keep up the enlivened attitude all day long with our tips.

Wake up with the help of nature’s most invigorating scents to spark your senses on even the most difficult of morning wake-up calls. Look for shower products that contain rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and citrus, said to stimulate even the most weary minds and bodies with their energizing, freshening properties.
Fabulously Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash, available at Burt’s Bees for $8
John Frieda Root Awakening Nourishing Moisture Shampoo for Dry Hair, available at Ulta for $6.99
John Frieda Root Awakening Nourishing Moisture Conditioner for Dry Hair, available at Ulta for $6.99

Hydrating early and continuing to drink water throughout the day is sure to change your mood, energy level, digestion, and overall health. A cool glass of H20 first thing in the morning, before consuming any other food or drink, will boost your metabolism and make you feel alert. It doesn’t stop there though. Get your eight-plus ounces by packing a portable bottle that can be refilled during the day for refreshment on the go.
Reduce Water Week Cardigan Bottle, set of five 16 oz. bottles, available at Casa.com for $17.99

Pack panty liners in your purse if you’re scheduled to be on the go from morning till night. Ideally, we like to stay clean and comfortable without any added bulkiness down below, which is why Carefree ® is our go-to. So thin and soft as cotton yet absorbent and freshening, the liners make it easy to forget they’re even there. Spend your day confidently fresh with the help of a liner that allows you to live life in your own style—choose among Original, Acti-Fresh®, or Thong options.
Carefree Liners, available at Carefreeliners.com, prices vary based on type

Don’t knock French-style freshening spray until you’ve tried it, because one spritz of the Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go bottle on your fatigued face midday and those neverending hours post-lunch will never be the same. Travel size, instantly hydrating, and revitalizing, it even can also help remove perspiration, ocean salt, and pool chlorine from skin.
Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go, available at Sephora for $14

An on-the-go teeth touch-up tool is a quick and easy solution for keeping your mouth clean, cool, and ready for any situation. Pick up a product that does all the above, perfect for after coffee, red wine, or meals or anytime you want whiter teeth and fresher breath without having to rinse or brush.
Supersmile On the Go Quikee Instant Whitening Polish, available at Ulta for $18

Beauty Buzz: Erin Fetherston Has Her Eye on the Prize, Mila Kunis’ Pedi Problems, and What’s Pumps Up a Polish’s Price

By  September 11, 2014


We always see skincare brands pop up near the end of New York Fashion Week, but Erin Fetherston had a new addition: her own set of eye gels. The designer partnered with Skyn Iceland to create a Fashion Week survival kit that you can snap up! The set feature 10 packs of the brand’s iconic Cool Firming Eye Gels dressed up with Fetherston’s feminine style. We’re ordering a pack ASAP! [Skyn Iceland]

Many were shocked to see mom-to-be Mila Kunis stepping out with a fresh pedi. Turns out sporting a baby bump in a nail salon can put you and your little one in peril. Aside from the chemical odors, the risk of bacterial or fungal infection, even a foot massage can cause contractions, which can be bad for pregnant women whose little ones aren’t full term yet. Yikes! [Glamour]

It might’ve been the sticker shock or the intimidating bottle, but many have been wary of Christian Louboutin’s nail polish (just not us). The pricey polish isn’t just red paint in a bottle though. The New York Times takes a peek under the cap to find it’s not just the designer and its history but a whole army of beauty buffs out to create the best possible product. [New York Times]

DreamDry has a major milestone to celebrate: the one-year anniversary of its 57th Street location in the Big Apple. City natives and visitors alike can vie for the chance to be the first 100 clients to receive a complimentary Caption Nails Manicure gift set when snapping up a service. Those who don’t make the cut won’t be left out as everyone will receive a complimentary Kérastase Fusidose Treatment that day. Happy Birthday! [Glam Inbox]

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

By  September 11, 2014


THE SHOW: Bibhu Mohapatra

THE HAIR: Amit Abraham brought beauty editors (and the designer) back to life with an intricately braided updo that you had to see from all angles. He began prepping the tresses with the new L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Sève Protectrice before sectioning the hair one on top of the other. While the bottom half was slicked back into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, the top section was parted in the middle. Both sides of the top section were French braided to the crown with the tails secured around the ponytail underneath. For added edge, he cross stitched the braids together with a leather cord. Abraham sprinkled a bit of the brand’s True Grip powder into the ponytail and split it into two sections before braiding both sectioning, backcombing the braid on the right. He finished by wrapping the braids around each other to create a chignon, spritzing it with the Perfect Shimmer and Infinium 3 sprays for shine and hold. Any flyaways were tamed with a touch of the Homme Poker Paste.

THE MAKEUP: To capture the essence of Nancy Cunard, Yadim evened the tone of the skin where needed with Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, leaving a bit of rawness to the skin with a touch of the Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded on the cheeks. He created a wing along the lower lash line with the Master Drama Eyeliner in in Midnight Master that jutted straight out to extend the natural shape of the eye. The pout was deepened with a mix of the Color Sensational Lipstick in Magentabulous and Dazzling Plum

THE MANI: Gina Edwards  kept the drama going to the tips by applying ImPress Press-On Manicure in So, So Stellar covered in cross hatch lines in Black and White from the Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit. The toes were evened out with a few coats of Broadway Nails polish in Stripped Off.

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015

By  September 10, 2014


THE SHOW: Marc by Marc Jacobs

THE HAIR: Guido Palau was inspired by Björk‘s signature hair knots from the early ’90s to transform the models into tough girls with true grit. He started by adding texture with Redken’s Wind Blown 05 before parting the hair in four places down the center part. The sides were smoothed, and the sections were then twisted into classic pins curls, leaving out the ends for added edge. Before the girls hit the runway, Palau used damps hands, to pull some of the baby hairs loose from the hairline to give a slightly sweaty effect, like they had danced the night away.

THE MAKEUP: Diane Kendal  left the heavy makeup on the dance floor, opting for fresh-from-the-rave, radiant faces. She evened the tone with Jacobs’ eponymous Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation, dusting powder over the T-zone. To add the sheen of sweat, she highlighted the cheekbones with the Makeout Lip Lock Moisture Balm. To make the peeepers pop, Kendal blended the Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Honey Bunny over the lid, sheering the cream up to the brow. She topped off the eye with the lip balm for added shine and used only one coat of mascara. She perfected the natural pout with the Lovermarc Lip Gel in Moody Margot before the models took to the catwalk.

THE MANI: The girls received a touched of sheen with a heavy dose of shine with a coat of Jacobs’ upcoming nail polish in Milk topped with a coat of Shiny.


Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Christian Siriano Spring 2015

By  September 09, 2014


THE SHOW:  Christian Siriano

THE HAIR: Anthony Cole the girls a morning-after mane with much fuss. He applied Sebastian Professional’s Mousse Forte from root to tip before sectioning the hair in two at the crown and blow drying the bottom section. Once dry, Cole took one-inch pieces from the bottom section, and created a loop from the top, pressing it with a hot iron. He set the section with a spritz of the Shaper Zero Gravity spray. For the top section, Cole created a deep side part before curling the hair the same as the bottom section and bringing them together again. To eliminate shine, he dabbed some of the front pieces with the Shine Crafter before twisting them for a more tousled look, sealing the style with the Shaper Zero Gravity spray.

THE MAKEUP: Polly Osmond kept the look all about the eyes by placing opalescent sequins on the lids using MAC’s Pro Mixing Medium Eyeliner as the glue. Lashes were coated with a custom blue mascara with iridescent chunky glitter-covered #30 Lashes so they could easily catch the light as the models moved. The face was evened out by pressing a bit of Face & Body Foundation into the skin with dabbling of the Spring Sensation shade of the upcoming Spring 2015 Lip and Cheek Trend Palette. The pout was turned down with a touch of concealer with a layer of Lip Conditioner for moisture.

THE MANI: Any polish on the nails was removed, leaving them freshly nude.

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Donna Karan Spring 2015

By  September 09, 2014


THE SHOW: Donna Karan

THE HAIR: Eugene Souleiman opted for something ambitious, creating a four-strand rope twist. He began by adding extensions to lengthen and thicken the strands before smoothing them back with a generous blast of Wella Professionals Stay Styled hairspray. He then got another set of hands to separate the strands into fours before taking turns twisting the strands to create a rope-like braid, tying off the ends to look like a paintbrush.

THE MAKEUP: Charlotte Tilbury created a soft smolder for the eyes that complemented the collection by washing a bit of MAC’s Tailor Grey Paint Pot with a fluffy brush from lash line to the brow. She swept the Camel Coat Paint Pot underneath the eyes for added depth before emphasizing the lashes with the Brown Haute & Naughty Mascara. Brows and lips were toned down by brushing concealer through the brows and pressed onto the lips with a dusting of powder to create a matte effect. Tilbury kept the face clean by buffing a combination of the Select Cover Concealer with the Studio Moisture Cream, pressing the moisture cream onto the cheeks for a shiny effect on the skin.

THE MANI: Deborah Lippmann kept it classic with two fresh coats of the upcoming Like Dreamers Do polish with a Flat Top Top Coat and two coats of My Old Flame on the toes.

Skin Care 101: Find Antiaging Excellence With Olay Regenerist

By  September 09, 2014


Food and water feed a tired body, a deep conditioning can revive struggling strands, and when it comes to this Glam girl’s skin, Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream is the thing to revive my fatigued face. And for good reason too.

With summer days behind us, all that’s left is beachside memories, a fading tan, and dried-out skin from daily sun exposure. With my face looking aged from my forehead to my chin, it’s time to hydrate and rejuvenate to the highest degree in preparation for autumn’s crisp weather. Micro Sculpting Cream’s skin energizing technology works to fight the look of fatigue by boosting natural bioenergy production, thereby accelerating surface layer cell turnover, increasing brightness, and decreasing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The best part? This is no short-lived fix. This skin savior’s ingredients, including penetrating Olivem, moisturizing niacinamide (also known as vitamin B3), collagen-boosting Pal-KTTKS, and naturally hydrating Lys’lastine, work at first touch and continue improving appearance over time. Try it this season if you’re keen to say farewell to fatigue and firm up your face for fall!

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Tracy Reese Spring 2015

By  September 08, 2014


THE SHOW: Tracy Reese

THE HAIR: Bok-Hee channeled a dancer leaving rehearsal by applying mousse from roots to ends before roughly drying the hair. She created a center part and pulled the hair back into a ponytail, roughing up the tail with a little dry shampoo. She then layered different colored Scünci x Tracy Reese Infinity Headwraps and No-Slip Grip Headbands to coordinate with the collection.

THE MAKEUP: Daniel Martin got Twiggy with it by shaping the lash line and the crease with a bolt of NYX Curve Liner, no mascara necessary. The face was evened out with the brand’s HD Studio Photogenic Foundation, contoured with coordinating shades of the Mineral Stick Foundation and Powder Blush in Taupe, Dusty Rose, Mauve and Ethereal, depending on skin tone. The lips were two-toned to give the mouth depth and created with the Simply Lip Cream collection in various shades of pink and deep berry.

THE MANI: Nail ninja Tracylee updated the nude nail with a dry-brush technique. She first layered the upcoming Sally Hansen x Tracy Reese Complete Salon Manicure polish in Tupelo Honey before wiping off most of the Sheer Force polish, dragging the color over the base layer to emphasize the brushstroke.